Cretan Cooking Experience - Cook with us

Iraklio, GreecePart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

Cooking experience hosted by Marianna

  1. 3.5 hours
  2. Hosted in English
Once-in-a-lifetime
Guests say it's special and unique.
Top-rated Host
Marianna's rated 5 stars by 98% of guests.

What you'll do

You'll prepare 4 different Cretan family’s recipes in an outdoor cooking space. You'll cook with pure and natural ingredients from our farm. You'll learn cooking techniques from mama Stella, our specialist in traditional Cretan cuisine. All the equipment and your personal apron will be provided by us. It's a 100% hands-on cooking experience! Local homemade refreshments and water will provided, too. In the end of the cooking experience, you will enjoy your own creations with some of local wine. Moreover, the leftovers will be packed and you can take them with you!

The event will last approximately 3.5 hours and it will take place in our farm. We will cook in an open cooking space between two big olive trees, under a wooden roof! So, no worries at all about the sun. Furthermore, you'll receive all recipes and photographs from your experience via email.

All in all, we would love to welcome you in our farm & be part of our family. Love to become a Cretan chef yourself having a unique cooking experience all together and sharing authentic Cretan flavors!

Other things to note
Please let us know of any dietary requirements or food allergies at the time of booking and we will prepare all the necessary changes in your menu.
For safety reasons, children (under 18 years old) must be accompanied by an adult.
Minimum drinking age is 18 years old
You'll prepare 4 different Cretan family’s recipes in an outdoor cooking space. You'll cook with pure and natural ingredients from our farm. You'll learn cooking techniques from mama Stella, our specialist in traditional Cretan cuisine. All the equipment and your personal apron will be provided by us. It's a 100% hands-on cooking experience! Local homemade refreshments and water will provided, too. In the end of the cooking experience, you will e…

What's included

  • Food
    All the cooking ingredients for the 4-course meal you are going to cook . <...
  • Drinks
    Local homemade refreshments , water & local wine!
  • Equipment
    Personal cooking equipment & personal apron. All recipes and photographs fr...

Meet your Host, Marianna

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 67 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hallo, I am Marianna! I have born and bred in Crete. When I was 18 years old I went for studies in Athens. Later I got a job in Athens, too. BUT my love for Crete and the Cretan way of life made me quit my job and return to Crete. As you can imagine I am a 100% Cretan diet lover, too. With the precious help of my mum, we would love to share with you all the secrets of traditional Cretan cuisine, cook together some of our family's recipes (that we follow for more than 3 generations) & share our cooking techniques with you! Our aim is to make you feel not only as a local Cretan but also as a part of our family! All in all, we want to immerse you in Cretan culture & spirit and have a wonderful cooking experience together!
Hallo, I am Marianna! I have born and bred in Crete. When I was 18 years old I went for studies in Athens. Later I got a job in Athens, too. BUT my love for Crete and the Cretan way of life made me quit my job and return to Crete. As you can imagine I am a 100% Cretan diet lover, too. With the precious help of my mum, we would love to share with you all the secrets of traditional Cretan cuisine, cook together some of our family's recipes (that we follow for more than 3 generations) & share our…
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Where you'll be

Our cooking experience will takes place in our Farm. We will cook in an outdoor cooking space between two big olive trees!

Rated 4.99 out of 5 from 67 reviews.

Suzie
November 2021
JUST GO !! Dont even think about it! This was the best AirBnb experience I’ve had and best cooking class ever! Where to start? Majestic location - you will cook inside a beautiful olive farm, overlooking the highest mountains in Crete. Very warm welcome by Marianna and exceptionally today, accompanied by her very charming grandmother. The class in itself was really interesting and enjoyable and the food excellent. We also purchased some excellent quality olive oil that is made a the farm if you were ever looking where to buy some in Greece. A must do if you are visiting Crete!
Diana
November 2021
Cooking with Marianna and her mother was a spectacular experience -- the perfect way to celebrate a Thanksgiving spent abroad. We felt so at home! The food: Amazing - seriously no other words can describe it. We made 6 dishes that were tailored to our vegetarian needs, and we got to make our favorite dish of all time -- dolmadakia as well as our new favorite dish of all time, zucchini flowers stuffed in the same deliciousness as the domadakia. All the ingredients are sourced locally from the family's farm, and the specialty ingredients made by hands by Marianna's grandmother. Location: Not so far drive when taking a detour from Rethymno to Heraklion. We built in the day to spend at the cooking class, and I would not have had it any other way. The farm is so warm, so peaceful, and away from any crowds in Crete. Surrounded by olive trees - you feel good. 10/10, 5 stars, HIGHLY RECOMMEND. You will fall in love with the family, fall deeper in love with Cretan cuisine, and you won't regret it.
Rebekka
November 2021
Absolutely perfect day with Marianna and her mom Stela. The farm and the space where the class takes place is beautiful, we were lucky with weather but they have covers in case of rain or strong winds. Marianna was super communicative ahead of time with directions and to answer questions. They welcomed us with homemade refreshments, we cooked a 5-course meal all with fresh ingredients right from the farm. The Cretan food was delicious (of course), and we learned many new things even though we are both quite experienced cooks already, and Marianna and Stela were wonderful about answering our questions. They are such warm, kind-hearted people and it was a very well-organized day. I can't say enough good things about this experience! Book it!
Mary
November 2021
While traveling in Crete, we wanted to take a cooking class. As I was searching, I chose this experience because it sounds personal, and the location on the farm was really appealing to me. I am passionate about cooking and food culture, and have taken cooking classes abroad many times, in 9 different countries. The experience with Marianna and Stela tops the list if the most exceptional and special lessons with cooking and food culture I have had. Marianna and Stela make you feel at home from the beginning, and we were welcomed with home made drinks and taught about how they are made by the family. We were able to take a walk around the farm, and saw the beautiful tomatoes, peppers and pumpkins growing, along with many herbs. The setting is so beautiful, nestled in olive groves with the mountains that frame the valley visible. We cooked a 5 course meal that included a stew with lamb and potatoes with tomato, a rusk with tomato and feta, sweet cheese pies with cinnamon and sugar, fried dough with sesame honey and cinnamon, stuffed grape leaves and zucchini flowers, and a fried cheese appetizer. During each step, the experience was hands on and we learned about the recipes, but also the smell, taste and feel of each part of the process. Most of the ingredients used were grown right on the farm and gathered the day of the lesson. In the end we shared the meal we made, in the sunlight olive groves. The experience was truly one I will always remember.
Tony
November 2021
This experience was one of the best of our lives. My family could not have been happier: Overall Experience-from start to finish they make you feel like family. It isn't just a cooking class, it is a human experience with the best representation of the people of Crete. You want to retire and to farm next to these wonderful people. Food: The food making is well taught and fun with nice breaks in between to explore where your ingredients come from some of which are in the field right behind you! Everything is fresh from the grandmother's farm, the uncle's, theirs or a local shop. The food had something for everyone and we took so much home! Extra: the uncle who came was so friendly and it was nice to meet the father as well. We felt like we were welcomed into the family. We left super happy and with smiles. Tip: there are two roads to get there. One is from the main highway road and takes 2 minutes to their farm gate. The other takes you around to a church complex and through an olive farm over rocks and dirt for 10 to 15 minutes. If you want an adventure and your car can handle it, do the olive farm adventure. Otherwise go off the main highway. Nearby: visit Matala after. It is 20ish minutes away. It has a beautiful beach and caves with great cafes. Thank you Marianna and family. You mademy family extremely happy today!
Annabelle
October 2021
Marianna and her mother created a wonderful experience for our crete vacation. Not only a well organised cooking class where we learned so much about cretan ingredients (always more olive oil than you think). The entire farm and stories that Marianna told us about it and her family were just entirely magical. We only used their own product from the farm, at the end Mariannas uncle was passing through and left on the way in some cucumbers, on the way out some water melons which they insisted to take with us. If you are looking for a warm and welcoming cooking experience, you are definitely at the right spot.

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Dietary preferences

If requested, the Host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the Host know before the experience if you’d like an accommodation.
Dairy-free
Egg-free
Soy-free
Gluten-free
Vegan
Shellfish allergy
Vegetarian
Pescatarian
Fish allergy
Tree nut allergy
Peanut allergy

Things to know

Guest requirements

You’ll need a photo that matches the one on your ID to confirm who’s actually going on this experience.
Guests must be of legal drinking age to be served alcohol.
Guests ages 8 and up can attend, up to 7 guests total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

What to bring

Do not forget to bring your smiley attitude! :D

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.